One of my favorite cars has always been a 1983 Guards Red Porsche 911 with a whale tail. It has been my dream car for the past 30 years and I really love the red on black color scheme:

I was so infatuated with the 1983 Porsche that I painted my 1975 Triumph Spitfire the same color back in 1987. The horrible picture does not do the color justice but it was an exact match:

This was not the first time I have created a look-alike based on a car. This is my Fender Stratocaster / Mazda miata project:

I have a couple of friends that I regularly go shooting with who have Ruger 10/22 rifles. Since I have three of the Rugers and just recently built a workshop I thought it would be an interesting project to customize one. I started by chopping a 135 degree angle off the end of a 10/22 stock and eliminating the barrel band:

After the cut:

After cutting the end off for looks I wanted to have a more accurate rifle so I started on the barrel bedding part of the project. The first thing I did was work on a beefier mounting point. I used a MIP to BARB adapter to replace the stock escutcheon:

I used a hacksaw and drill press to cut off the threaded end of the fitting:

After cutting I was left with a barb fitting with a hex end:

I rounded off the straight edges of the 0.292" hex:

Looks like I am getting somewhere:

Next I tapped out the brass escutcheon and started calculating how long my new fitting would have to be:

I drilled the existing hole to 1/4":

The shaft (barb'd end) fit into the hole but I still needed to countersink my new brass fitting:

I used a 3/4" forstner bit to cut the countersink hole:

After taking precise measurements I started cutting:

I used a bolt wrapped in masking tape to chuck my fitting in the drill press:

Once the brass fittings were to acceptible lengths I started sanding the OEM stock:

Now it was time to prep for painting. Believe it or not, I still had a pint of Guard Red paint left from painting the Spitfire. Would it be good after 26 years of sitting on a shelf? I had no idea but I was ready to find out:

The stock had a lot of damage on it from years of abuse so I used some bondo to smooth it out:

After using bondo and sanding it smooth I hung it from the ceiling and sprayed it with primer:

I sanded the primered stock until it was pretty smooth to bring out any remaining damage. I'll try using glazing putty to repair the last few nicks and scratches:

Before painting I had to open up the channel in the stock to fit the 0.920" bull barrel. I used some 60 grit sand paper glued to a 1" wooden dowel:

It took around 15 minutes of slow easy sanding to bore out the channel. It is a little off center but I think it will look nice when put together:

I had always wanted to build a paint booth so I decided now was a great time to construct one on the cheap. I used some $3 Walmart shower curtains, some mig welding wire and some threaded hooks. After this picture was taken I purchased two more shower curtains, cut them in half, glued them to the bottom and extended the "walls" down to the floor. Note the fan installed in the ceiling. This is something I installed when I built the workshop so the hot air would be sucked out. It seems like it is going to end up serving a dual purpose now:

Even though it was 98 degrees outside I still warmed up my rattle can using a shop light:

I sprayed my base coat of Krylon High Gloss black:

After spraying several coats I roughed up the surface with 600 grit wet sandpaper. The surface is a little rough but I left it like that thinking the texture would look nice:

When I was sanding I dipped my paper in a water and soap mixture. I used some Dollar Store soap that had bleach in it. I didn't want my greasy, sweaty hands messing up the surface:

While the stock was being painted I also had a few other side projects drying. One was a piece of that 1" dowel that I was testing to see how the red/black colors were going to be after sanding. I wasn't sure if I would sand the edges of the stripes off or if they would have a bumpy edge on them. They turned out looking ok:

The other test was to see how the tiger stripes would actually look and what kind of design to use. I wasn't sure how close to put them, how wide to make the stripes, etc. I learned a lot from doing this to an old 2x4:

To make the stripes I put strips of painters tape on an old aluminum cookie sheet my wife gave me and drawing patterns on them. I made the longest stripes about 6" long and the shortest about 3" long:

I also wanted to see what a drawing would look like with stripes on it. This was a test to see which pattern (all stripes going the same way or more random) would look the best:

After deciding that the random pattern looked the best I cut the stripes out of the tape:

Wow, it looks pretty good once it was taped up. In fact, if this project comes out looking nice I might do another project of a black stock with blue stripes. I had some problems with the combination of the extremely high humidity and rough texture making the tape not stick to the inside of the stock but hopefully everything will work out fine:

After thinking about it for a while I decided to not use my old Porsche paint after all. I didn't want to mess with the air compressor, spray gun, cleanup, etc. I grabbed a can of the red paint I used on my Geo Metro rust project and sprayed the stock:

After a couple of coats (and 24 hours of drying) I couldn't hardly wait to see what she looked like:

There were a few issues with the paint but overall I thought it came out kind of nice:

I spent the next week applying clearcoat:

Note - You are probably seeing missing links to some pictures above. I still use Notepad to create the html code and have a template with plenty of extra references to pictures to save on typing. As I continue the page I will add pictures and descriptions and these missing links will disappear.